Services and policies that help strengthen families, prevent abuse and neglect, aid caregivers struggling with adversity, and promote positive interactions within families and caregivers help kids develop their potential.
It is critical that Colorado meet the needs of pregnant women and new mothers with substance use disorders by helping them get access to what they need to take care of themselves and their families.
More than a year ago, Illuminate Colorado and Mental Health Colorado began to pull together organizations, government agencies and child advocates to talk about how to addresses the fear, stigma, and lack of appropriate treatment options for mothers and their children. Those conversations resulted in the drafting of HB19-1193 Behavioral Health Supports For High-risk Families that will help keep families together and support healthy kids.
This bill helps increase access to great programs like Special Connections, an existing state program that supports high-risk pregnant women with substance use disorders. The program provides a two-generation approach to helping women find a path toward recovery while preventing negative outcomes for Colorado children, such as child welfare involvement and future mental health and substance use disorders.
After months of advocacy work, numerous agencies and advocates showed up on Friday, March 8th to testify in support of the bill and the result was an unanimous vote in favor of HB19-1193 in the House Public Health Care & Human Services!
Special thanks to the bill sponsors for carrying this critical piece of legislation:
Check out Rep. Herod’s live Twitter feed from the hearing to learn why this bill is so important.
THREAD The Special Connections program improves access to #addiction treatment for expectant mothers and greatly reduces negative outcomes for children. However, once a baby is born, new moms can't access treatment and resources. #coleg #copolitics @CO_MentalHealth @illuminate_co pic.twitter.com/TbJaPzmEAP— Leslie Herod (@leslieherod) March 9, 2019
You can help make this important investment in behavioral health supports for high-risk Families a reality!
Ask your organization to support HB19-1193 - The organizations supporting this bill are listed on the fact sheet distributed to Colorado legislators. If your organization would like to sign on to support HB19-1193, contact Jillian Adams at email@example.com.
Show up - Join Illuminate Colorado and more than 150 other CO4Kids Campaign partners at the Colorado State Capitol on April 2nd to launch Child Abuse Prevention Month and help prevent child abuse in Colorado. RSVP today
Talk to your elected officials - Email your elected officials and let them know that you support HB19-1193. Click HERE to get your legislators contact information.
What’s next for HB19-1193:
The bill has been referred to appropriations, but has not been scheduled for a hearing. Follow Illuminate Colorado on Twitter to stay updated on the status of the bill.